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United States Department of State / Index to the executive documents of the House of Representatives for the second session of the fiftieth Congress, 1888-'90
(1888-1889)

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FOREIGN RELATIONS.
                                  No. 596.
                  Mr. Bayard to Sir L. S. A8ackville West.
                                    DEPARTMENT OF STATE,
                                         Washington, September 3, 1888.
    Sln: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of
  the 25th ultimo, in which, by request of the Marquis of Salisbury, you
  bring to the notice of this Government certain acts of one Eugene Wil-
  bur, said to be an American citizen, in command of and alleged to be
  the owner of a vessel named the Mary Anderson, which is said to have
  worn the British flag at the time of the acts referred to, and to be now
  sailing under the American flag.
    The interesting subject you thus bring to my attention will receive
  due consideration in the proper quarter.
        I have, etc.,
                                                       T. F. BAYAiw.
                                 No. 597.
                      Lord Sackville to Mr. Bayard.
          BEVERLY, MASS., October 10, 1888. (Received October 13.)
   SiR: With reference to your note of the 3d of September, relative to
 irregular recruiting on board the Mary Anderson in the New Hebrides,
 I have the honor to inclose herewith extract from a dispatch from the
 high commissioner in the Western Pacific, which the Marquis of Salis-
 bury has requested me to communicate to you.
       I have, etc.,
                                                          SACKVILLE.
                                (Inclosure.]
        Extract from a di8patch of the high commissioner of the Western Pacifio.
  I have ascertained from Mr. Layard, Her MajestyIs consul at Noumda, that
the ves-
sel was still British owned when the illegal recruiting took place, and that
her reg-
istered master was George Faoio, a French half caste. Mr. Wilbur was on board
and
in practical control, having chartered the vessel pending the-receipt by
the owner's
agent of authority to sell.
  It would thus appear that, while Mr. Wilbur was the real offender, the
only person
legally liable in respect of the unlic~nsed recruiting was the master of
the vessel,
George Facio. As this.person is not a British subject, and is not resident
in British'
territory, or at present employed: in British vessels, I do not think it
advisable to take
steps against him. There is I may mention, no reason to believe that the
laborers
engaged otherwise than oftheir own free-will.
                                No. 598.
                      Mr. Herbert to Mr. Bayard.
        WASHINGTON, November 11, 1888. (Received November 12.)
  SIR: With reference to the previous correspondence which has taken
place between this legation and the Department of State relative to
the establishment of a reciprocal arrangement between Her Majesty's


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